Virus relief helps bring electricity to Navajo Nation homes
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — More than 100 homes on the Navajo Nation have been connected to the electric grid, thanks to federal coronavirus relief funding.
The Navajo Nation said Sept. 5 that electric line crews are working to connect more homes to the grid ahead of a December 2020 deadline to use the funds.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority plans to extend electricity to 510 families.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that access to the electric grid can help minimize the impacts of COVID-19 for families.
The utility has been awarded $13.8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to use for power projects; $24.7 million to increase the capacity of the electrical grid; $20.9 million for cisterns systems; $18.6 million for wastewater systems; and $32.8 million to expand wireless and broadband.
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